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I try and stay on top of everything I can find about routers. I purchased a special issue from The Woodworkers Journal called: "Router projects and techniques", what a disappointment. I have a great deal of respect for the staff of this magazine. I felt very let down after finding only basic everyday information. There is a plan for the "Ultimate" router table. More like the "Ultimate" waste of money. There is no reason to build a piece of furniture that will only be used as a shop tool. Somebody needs to wake up, it's a TOOL! It needs to perform it's job well, not be your prized show piece. Such a waste. Ian Kirby is one of the best instructors you could ask for. His methods will have you hand cutting perfect dovetails with a saw, but his router article kept putting me to sleep. I expected much better from him. Bill Hylton's contribution was his usual sage advice, simple and to the point. No faults with his article. Rob Johnstone had an editors pick for the best mid sized router and chose the highly troublesome Porter Cable 890. My guess is Rob didn't get one of the routers involved in the motor recall, the height adjusting screws that sheared off or the poorly machined base units that were replaced by the new 860 series. Rob, I know some of the units performed very well, but with a 40% dissatisfaction rating from how can you call it your choice? It would be nice if the two position on/off switch could be worked from the lower position with the fixed base. They still didn't fix that on the new 860 series.
Overall this gets a big thumbs down, the only issue I have ever been disappointed with from The Woodworkers Journal. Save your money for something that will actually help with your routing.

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